Hindu temple in Texas raided by burglars, donation box stolen

A Hindu temple in Texas was raided by burglars who stole some of the valuables, KBTX-TV reported on Friday. The incident has left the Indian community in the US shocked.  

The incident happened at Shri Omkarnath Temple in the Brazos Valley, PTI reported. This is the only Hindu temple in the Brazos Valley, a place for local Hindus to worship, and find peace and community. 

“There was a sense of invasion, that sense of loss of privacy when something like this happened to us,” Srinivasa Sunkari, a Board member for the Brazos Valley Shri Omkarnath Temple said. 

He further added that “There was a break-in. They broke in through the side window and what was immediately apparent was missing is our donation box and a safe in which we keep our valuables,” 

“There was a break-in. They broke in through the side window and what was immediately apparent was missing is our donation box and a safe in which we keep our valuables,” Sunkari said. 

“The priest and his family who live in an apartment right behind the temple are safe,” he said. 

A video captured by security cameras inside the temple shows a person ignoring the shrine and going straight to the donation box. The suspect then used the temple’s cart to wheel it out the door. 

Sunkari said that he has informed the community members at a gathering on Sunday. 

“We will rebound, we will take extra precautions to make sure our priest is safe and this family is safe and our place of worship is safe. And we hope that something like this doesn’t happen to anybody in the future,” Sunkari said. 

The Brazos County Sheriff’s Office said they are investigating the burglary. 

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